Big match preview: Fujieda MYFC v Tochigi Uva

After last week’s 3-1 defeat away to Sagamihara, Fujieda have a great chance to bounce back to winning ways with a home game to bottom club Tochigi Uva.

Fujieda MYFC team news

MYFC will be able to welcome back Oha after his one match suspension last weekend. Toshihide Saito could be tempted to give the Nigerian a start up front instead of Takahisa Nishiyama, who has not scored in his last five matches.

Saito himself also missed out last week but will hopefully be back this weekend as the defence looks a lot more solid with his guidance.

Kerlon was an unused sub on the bench for a third week running last Sunday but could be in contention for a return in midfield which is lacking his creativity and skill. Who would drop out for the Brazilian is yet to be seen after Takumi Hashimoto is likely to keep his spot after scoring last week. Daijirou Okuda, however, could make way.

Tochigi Uva fact file

Nickname: Uva (means grape in Spanish after the vineyards in the area)
Founded: 1947
Ground: Tochigi City Stadium
Season in JFL: 4th
Last season: 17th

Tochigi Uva are in horrible form, rock bottom without a win in their last five. In fact, their draw with Sony Sendai last week ended a run of five straight defeats, when they managed to score just one goal. Their away form is not much better, having lost five of their last six and have just two wins away from home all season.

Most of Tochigi’s troubles have come from their lack of goals. They are the third lowest scorers in the league with just 17 goals so far this season. Add this to the fact they have conceded the most in the league, 37 goals, then they have the worse goal difference in the league.

The side’s current top scorer in Minoru Ichikawa who has five goals this year. However, he has not scored since the 26th May so it is difficult to see where the goals will come from. Especially as last year’s top scorer Manabu Wakabayashi is really struggling in 2013. He has just one goal in seventeen appearances this season, although that one goal was against Fujieda when they won at home 2-1 earlier in the season.

Tochigi have one suspension this weekend and that is midfielder Takatoshi Adachi. He has made just five appearance this season, picking up a booking in each of his last four matches.

Last season’s results

Last year, the game finished 2-2 in Fujieda.

Kick off is 3pm Sunday or 7am UK time.


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